David Deffenbaugh and Paulson with good one! Photo: Frank the Tank
The fish have still been looking up on the Yellowstone. Hoppers and nocturnals have still been the name of the game and you couldn’t ask for a nicer time to throw dries than right now. A few trees here and there have started to change of color and it’s a beautiful time to be on the river. With kids back in school, bird hunters looking for huns and grouse, and bow hunters looking for the one, there has been a little extra elbow room out there. With these cold nights there has been no need for an early start, lots of people have been meeting guides at the shop as late as 9:00-10:00 and still doing well. Give us a call to book a trip! -1-406-222-7130.
Danielle Kirby and Chase Chapman all smiles!
Paulson with hopper eater caught by the photographer, Eric Scott.
Paulson and Frank another hopper eater! Photo: David D.
Jack Kingston with his own slice of butter... Photo: John Bond
The Yellowstone has been fishing well this past week. It’s hard to find a pink/peach hopper in this town right now! The fish have been looking up for nocturnal stoneflies and small parachute mayfly patterns as well. An ant dropper off the hopper has been a good fly as well. Streamers and nymphs are also working, especially in the morning before the water heats up and the fish are looking up. With school in session there are definitely less boats on the water, give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130
Another shot of Brian Chassy's meat eater... Photo: Jack Kingston
Chuck and John with a nice Yellowstone Park Cutthroat
Yellowstone National Park has still been fishing well, and now with school back in session there is a little more elbow room in the NE section of the park. Anglers willing to do a little hiking have reaped some nice rewards this year, (although we also offer fishing trips close to the roads as well). There have been a TON of hoppers in the Park this year, as well as ants, beetles, crickets, and drakes. If you have never fished inside Yellowstone National Park and would like to learn some good new spots give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
The Bear Brothers...
Clarity Wednesday 8/29 (7:50AM) - 4 feet of visibility
Seems like yesterdays plug in the upper Valley hasn’t quite hit town yet. The river looks good again in Gardiner this morning so a float up high would be a good idea today as the mud just went though yesterday and the fish should be hungry. The morning light is making it hard to tell at Pine Creek, but it looks a little more off color than town, meaning it would be safest to float down low so you don’t get caught by any mud. The river is still fishing well, with plenty of fish looking up for hoppers and smaller dries. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Big Red with a nice afternoon streamer eater. Photo: John Bond
JB & Marshall "Maverick" Crown with a nice brown. Photo: Josh Torne
Henry with the big brown, Ben with two thumbs up! Guide: Marcus McGuire
There is a little mud coming from the Larmar, now coming through Gardner and heading towards Carbella. Below Emigrant is going to be good to go today, tomorrow we’ll have to see where the mud ends up but we should be able to work around it by either going up high or way low. The river fished slow yesterday, although fish were still caught. With warmer weather today and tomorrow we expect the hopper bite to turn back on quickly. Give us a call to book, there is a little more elbow room out there (with kids going back to school) and the fish are still looking up and eating dries! 1-406-222-7130.
Big Ben, already living up to his name!
Liz with a nice native cutthroat...
It's got to be the stash! Dave and Chase with a nice Yellowstone bow
Anne Yolitz with a big beefy brown, caught on a callibaetis nymph
Surprisingly the Callibaetis hatches have been hanging on strong! The past couple days we have been seeing callibaetis spinners on the water early in the morning, (from the day before), with a thick hatch starting around noon to 2:00. Damsels and dragons have also been around but hoppers have still been the king of bigger dries. Scuds, damsel nymphs and chironomids have also been working well sub-surface. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Andy "get the net" Martens and Brian Yolitz "Seizing the Day"
Sam Fischer "Hey guys, could I get a little ... help?"
Paul Fischer and Josh Edwards with a tall brown.
Craig Yolitz and Jed with another big brown...
JB and Mark Kinner with an old Buck Shot brown... Photo: Mr. Stone
The Yellowstone has been kicking out some nice fish lately! Hoppers have been the name of the game although small nymphs, rubberlegs, evening caddis, and streamers have also been working well. The river is still a little dicey in spots, (especially between Pine Creek and Springdale), so be sure to have an expert oarsmen at the helm if you choose a float within this section of the river. More people have flipped rafts and boats than just about any other year we can think of. The good news is the big water has remained nice and cold and the fish have been eating well in the afternoon. Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.
Jed and Tom with a nice brown!
Deano the Machine-o! Photo: Logan Brown
Dr. Steve with a nice Valley brown... Photo: JB
Way to go Evan! Photo: Josh Edwards
Joe Stifflemire and Chase Chapman enjoying a day up high.
The river has still been fishing well, especially in the afternoons. There are lots of hoppers out this year and the fish have been looking up! Last winter’s generous snow pack is still giving the river plenty of cool water and the fish are in great shape. Lots of happy clients, give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130
Danielle Pease with a nice getaway brown... Photo: Lars Axelsen
Paul Fingersh with a nice hopper eater! Photo: Eric Paulson
The Yellowstone has gotten a little tougher but still fishing well. As we enter further into August we will continue to see a shift from stoneflies to hoppers. Other terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and crickets have also been working well. All it takes is seeing one or two big browns come up off the bottom and suck down your hopper to commit to dry fly fishing the rest of the day! Nymphing has still been effective however as has throwing streamers. Give us a call to book a trip with some of Montana’s best guides and outfitters. 1-406-222-7130.
Doug Crowther with a big native Yellowstone Cutthroat! Photo: Sarah Crowther
"Chedwards" Chef Edwards on the grill...
There have still been some thick callibaetis hatches on our local and private lakes. With solid spinner falls early in the morning, many fish have been looking up to eat early, (depending on the wind). With enough spent spinners to last until lunch, and a mega hatch of fresh callibaetis starting around 1:00 PM, the dry fly fishing has been solid. Hoppers, crickets, damsels, and ants are also working well. Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip, there are some big fish to be caught right now! 1-406-222-7130.
Sam Fischer and Jamie with a nice rainbow. Photo: Big Kev
Kevin with a nice pre-lunch callibaetis spinner eater...
Brad Lutovsky putting in the work...
Scott Anderson having some fun!
Brad Klein enjoying a nice summer day...
Derek and Sadie working some rising fish.
A typical lake rainbow
Flora from the lake
Paul Fischer puts one in the net...